April 2014 – I graduated
November 2015 – I resigned from work to focus on reviewing for the ALE
January 2016 – I take the ALE along with my friends and former colleagues
February 2016 – We find out that we passed the ALE
And so here we are:
Photo from L. Hadlocon
It was great seeing my former colleagues from ALI-IDG, especially Arch. Rey Gabriel and Arch. Louie Lizarondo. I’ve spent most of my weeknights last year with them. I have always been one of the boys and I was the only girl in ALP-IDG’s pool of interns but I was closest to those two (the guys at the leftmost and rightmost of the photo above). They made stressful workdays bearable.
Photo from K. Tan
The ticket said that women were required to wear a formal dress, so you may be wondering why I’m wearing a Filipiniana, making me look like I just graduated from college. Well, I’m not one to shop (insert weight issues here) and my mom sent me the Filipiniana top and A-line skirt in the mail so I went with it. Besides, it looks good with our UP Sablay. Plus, since the boys were in barongs, I looked like I was one of the boys. Haha.
I-ann does wonders, ya’ll!
I have to thank the wonderful I-ann Monzon for my make-up that day. I always feel my prettiest when she works her wonders on me. For someone who has a lot of insecurities regarding her looks, having a friend who knows how to make me appreciate how I look is a blessing. The most painful thing I had to do that day was strip off all the makeup. Seriously.
Anyway, now that we have taken our oaths and have our PRC Licenses, I can finally walk up to people with confidence and say,
“Heidi Torralba. Architect.”
Now to go get myself a job.